NC State's needs at the LB spot have been well documented. Three of the Pack's top four ‘backers will be gone after the 2006 season including Stephen Tulloch, Pat Lowery and Oliver Hoyte. Obviously a premium has been placed on fortifying this position and the Wolfpack was one of the first schools to extend an offer to John Ware, a talented two-way athlete from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Ft Lauderdale, Fla.
Last season, Ware starred as a RB, taking handoffs from current Wolfpack QB Mike Greco. On the year he ran for roughly 850 yards and six TD's while notching close to 70 tackles and an interception en route to all-county, all-area and all-league honors.
Ware, at 5-11, 210 pounds and boasting 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, is being recruited for both offense and defense. He recently told Pack Pride that position is not a major factor for him as far as recruiting is concerned.
"It seems like half of the schools like me for offense while the other half like me for defense," said Ware. "It seems like after they come to see me in person or watch my film, they start liking me at running back but, really, the position doesn't matter to me. I know NC State likes me for linebacker."
Off to a 2-1 start in 2005, Ware has amassed 250 yards rushing and three scores so far this season and has seen interest from colleges balloon during the last month. He's garnered scholarship offers from NC State, Ole Miss, Syracuse, Rutgers and Colorado State as well as interest from Wyoming, Auburn and Miami.
For now, the Wolfpack appears to be solidly in the senior prospect's top four and should be a major contender for his commitment before all is said and done next February.
"Right now, my top schools are NC State, Ole Miss, Rutgers and Colorado State," said Ware. "I'm just getting back from an official visit to Ole Miss and they were talking a lot about getting early playing time.
"With NC State, I like the coaches there. They're real good guys. They've got a good program and they have a skill level there that can make me a better player. They've also had the No. 1 defense, and I liked that. I've got an official visit with them in the making. I don't have an exact date, but I think it'll be sometime in December."
Ware says he plans to take several of his visits prior to making a decision. He is being recruited by DL coach Todd Stroud.